A North Carolina man faces ethnic intimidation charges after leaving bacon at a mosque and making death threats to its members as they prepared for worship in observance of Ramadan, Islam's holy month, authorities said on Friday.
Russell Thomas Langford of Fayetteville was arrested late on Thursday, the Hoke County Sheriff's Office said. He is a major in the US Army Reserve, WTVD-TV in Raleigh said, quoting officials at Fort Bragg military base in North Carolina.
On Thursday afternoon, members of the Masjid Al Madina in Raeford found two packages of bacon at the mosque entrance, the sheriff's office said.
Observant Muslims are prohibited from consuming pork products. Ramadan is Islam's holy month, during which believers abstain from eating and drinking during daylight hours.
Langford is charged with ethnic intimidation, assault with a deadly weapon, going armed to the terror of the public, communicating threats, stalking and disorderly conduct, the sheriff's office said in a statement.